Djokovic to meet Nadal in US Open final
The game took 21 minutes. It lasted 30 points.
Novak Djokovic squandered five break points and lost that instant classic of a game, but made Stanislas Wawrinka pay an awfully heavy price.
After dropping the epic third game of the final set Saturday, Djokovic broke the next time Wawrinka served, then didn’t falter once he had the lead. The top-seeded Serb withstood a four-hour, nine-minute onslaught of Wawrinka’s massive groundstrokes to pull out a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory and advance to his fourth straight final at the US Open.
“Well, I was thinking — I guess everybody was thinking — ‘Whoever wins this game is going to win the match,’” Djokovic said. “After he won the game, I thought to myself, ‘OK, I guess I have to fight against those odds.’”
He did, to improve to 20-7 in five-set matches, and now the 2011 champion will go for his second US Open title tomorrow against No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who had a much easier time in a 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory over eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet.
It will be the third Nadal-Djokovic final at Flushing Meadows in the last four years, the only break coming last year when Nadal was out with a knee injury. They split the first two meetings.
“Novak is an amazing competitor,” Nadal said. “His results say that he is probably one of the best players that I have ever seen.”